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Express Whale Watching

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Express whale watching and wild life tour in RIB boats with private guide on board. This tour will take you closer to nature and cover a bigger search area than any other whale watching tour from Reykjavík.


9:00 / 10:00 / 10:30 / 11:00 / 12:00 / 13:00 / 14:00 / 15:00 / 16:00 / 20:00


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Approx. 2 hours

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Experience the wildlife and nature adventure of a life-time on our most personal whale watching tour.

Whales, Puffins & Reykjavík is a 2 Hour whale & bird watching tour starting from Reykjavik Old Harbour everyday April 15th to October 31st.

Experience the wildlife and nature adventure of a lifetime on our most personal whale watching tour. Our custom made RIB boats can get you closer to the whales and puffins than any other whale watching tour out of Reykjavík. The RIB boats are fast, stable and safe boats that allow us to cover more area on our search for wild life, thus increasing your chances of spotting whales, dolphins and birds.

This amazing and fun whale-watching tour begins from the Old Reykjavík Harbour. First we visit the puffins in their natural habitat on the islands just off Reykjavík. Next we head out in search of the whales. Seeing these giants of the sea is definitely the experience of a lifetime and we might encounter some playful dolphins frolickingin the bay.

After our search for whales we head back towards Reykjavík, sail along the shoreline of the city and experience the unique view from the sea (perfect for photos). We then sail past the popular Sun Voyager sculpture and the lesser known side of Iceland’s most famous building, the architectural delight, Harpa Concert Hall.

Details on the tour

Price & Availability: See booking window on right.

  • From 15 April to 31 May  two departures a day at 10:00 and 14:00.
  • From 1 June to 30 June four departures a day at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00.
  • From 1 July to 31 August eight departures a day at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 20:00
  • From 1 September to 30 September three departures a day at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00.
  • From 1 October to 31 October two departures a day at 10:00 and 14:00

Min: No minimum number of participants for 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 16.00 departures. Minimum 2 person for 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 departures.
Age limit: 10 years or 145 cm height
Bring with you: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended.*
Hotel pick up: Hotel pick ups start 45 minutes before your chosen departure time. Please be ready to leave from your hotel reception, or if you are staying in a home be waiting outside.**
Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Cancellations due to weather: We sometimes need to cancel the whale watching part of this tour due to winds in the main whale habitat area. In such an event we will offer you two choice. The most fun one is: we take you on a Puffins & Reykjavík tour in the RIB boat with the addition of sailing between the islands of the coast AND you get to go on the Reykjavík Whale Watching tour, which is on a much bigger boat that can sail in stronger winds. Or the far less exciting option: A full refund.

Please note: 

  • This tour may not be suitable for pregnant women.
  • This tour may not be suitable for those with history of back problems or back injury. Consult ypur doctor before signing up
  • This tour may not be suitable for those over the age og 65 years

* If you don’t have warm clothing we can supply you with a very warm overall and additional gear, as well as having some sweaters to lend.
**Keep in mind we are located at the Old Harbour in Reykjavík, easily within walking (0-15 min) distance from all hotels located in zip code #101 downtown Reykjavík. We encourage you to walk, both for the sake of the environment and your health.
***The puffins is from approximately the 15th of May – 20th of August

What's included:

  • Expertly guided Puffin & Whale watching tour on a RIB boat
  • Warm overalls in case of cold weather
  • Our custom made RIB boats. These are fast and can cover a bigger search area than the classic whale watching boats.
  • “Whale Guarantee” If we find no whales on your tour you get another free tour

All sea tours and whale watching / wildlife trips are undertaken as the responsibility of its participants. Whale Safari does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk that they assume by booking said activity.

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Tour Highlights

Faxaflói Bay

Faxaflói is a bay in southwest Iceland, between the peninsulas of Snæfellsnes and Reykjanes. Reykjavík is situated on its southern shore. Faxaflói has been a source of nourishment of the people living on its shores where fishermen went out in small boats to fish for dinner.

Harpa Concert Hall

Harpa is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. Harpa was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Look out for events in Harpa while in Iceland.

"So good!"

We went on two tours with Reykjavík Sightseeing - The Golden Circle and South Coast - and everything was amazing! Very professional and sweet guides, great selection of tours, easy pick-up options and beautiful scenery (of course). Would definitely recommend!

- Cruiser55193666164, October 2018

"Northern Lights"

Elizabeth and the bus driver who’s name I did not catch were amazing tour guides. They were both very personable and made a great team. Elizabeth has such an outgoing personality and was able to make the trip super exciting, even though seeing the lights was not a guarantee. We were about to call it a night when the lights came out to give us a beautiful show.

- kstarz5, October 2018

"Great tour, great tour company"

We took the Golden Circle plus Secret Lagoon tour, it was the perfect day trip and Alex our tour guide was fantastic. Learnt a lot about what we were seeing but also lots of other nuggets about Iceland. They even made a few unscheduled extra stops to show us other sights and to let us get out and take photos of the incredible sunrise.

- Paradise36196097486, October 2018